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South Shore Surprises

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here on Long Island. The post-migration season this year has seen a number of unexpected discoveries as non-breeders and off-course travelers wander up and down the East Coast. Most of the noteworthy action … Continue reading

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The Joys of June

We’re approaching the halfway point of 2017, which means that spring migration is behind us and the end of the school year is drawing near. In a few short weeks, I’ll be finished with teaching for the season. If all … Continue reading

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1-2-3 Break!

Wednesday was overcast and gray, but mostly dry and pleasantly warm. I set out early in the morning to check in on a few unusual birds that had been sighted nearby. My first stop was Oak Beach, one of the … Continue reading

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Solitaire Extraordinaire

I hate to let a long weekend go to waste. Between the Saturday pelagic and a long-awaited performance of Hamilton on Sunday, I was doing a pretty solid job making the most of my time as I headed into Martin … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

Sometimes you have to get back to basics. Birding is a complicated, detail-focused pastime, and even local, day-to-day outings can result in surprising challenges. Experienced naturalists would do well to remember where they started, continually honing skills and striving to … Continue reading

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Bitternsweet

I woke up early¬†on Monday morning and set out for New Jersey. Yikes. That’s a pretty rough start for a story. My siblings have returned to college, the rest of the family is out of town, and I’m home on … Continue reading

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Going off the Rails

There is a bird of almost mythical secrecy. A tiny creature that scurries like a mouse through dense marsh grasses. It makes the other members of its famously-shy family seem downright extroverted, and it’s small enough to be mistaken for … Continue reading

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